I am also going to show you a few variations on the collar that I think might look nice. Once we get them together and on the capes that is.
First order of business is working on that fur. Due to lighting I chose to show you on this fur instead of the black that I had. Those pictures didn't turn out all that well. This is fur collar that my Grandma gave me years ago with the explicit instructions to make some nice Barbie clothes out of it. Not sure where she got it but it is luxurious. I believe it might actually be mink but since I'm not a connoisseur of fur, I have no way of know for sure. (That was my big word for the day by the way) In any case I think the color of this particular fur will work nicely with the colors I chosen for my Silkstone Barbie. The pile is a little longer than I wanted for that size of doll but should still work.
Take a pair of clippers. (I use these to trim my son's hair so won't be showing him this post.) We need to remove the fur away from the seam allowance so that we have a good clean area to sew and to minimize the bulk. Some fur will still be left in the way but that will be taken care of later and actually helps the look a little as well.
You can also use little scissors to do this but I have found that the clippers do a better job. It just takes a bit of practice.
Hannah is doing a velvet cape and didn't want to mess with the fur. I had this gorgeous piece of velvet that she fell in love with. When she finished cutting it out I realized that there was just enough left over to do a cape for Tiny Kitty. For me adding a fur collar on top of the velvet would have been over-kill and not very appealing. So velvet collar. No big deal right??
For Cissy's dress I thought a gathered lace collar would be nice. I used this Alençon lace for the bodice and thought it would tie in nice if used for the collar. The problem. . . . The collar is curved and the scallop is on a straight edge. So decided that gathering the neck of of the lace and straightening out the curve would be the answer.
My Gene doll is going to have a black and silver gown that is reminiscent of the art deco era. For some reason I didn't want a fur collar on that dress. So thought I would just do a gathered collar. You do this a lot like the lace collar, only we don't need a straight edge. Just a larger neck edge. So when doing this version only cut a few slits. Then follow the rest of the steps.
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along: Schedule and Other Details
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along: Gathering Fabric and Supplies
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #1: Making a Muslin and Fitting for Other Dolls
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #2: Cutting and Marking Our Fabric
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #3: Sewing the Bodice
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #4: Sewing the Skirt
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #5: Attaching the Skirt and Snaps
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #6: Working with Fur and Collar Variations
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #7: Sewing the Cape Together
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #8: Sewing the Petticoat and Ideas
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #9: Making Gloves and Working with Lycra
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #10: Creating the Evening Bag and Creativity
- A Grand Evening: All Finished and a Contest!
- A Grand Evening: Your Grand Evenings!
Would love to hear from you guys and find out how your doing on this sew along. Am I going too fast or too slow? Are you able to follow my directions ok? What types of fabrics did you go with and what colors too?
Leave a comment below and let me know how your liking this sew along so far. This way I can make improvement